Our 28th annual Oktoberfest was a resounding success thanks to all of the great above-and-beyond work of our staff and volunteers! The weather cooperated very nicely, except for a brief bit of rain early on Saturday, which may have impacted our attendance slightly. However, the crowds were steady throughout the four-day event. We will have a better analysis of the financial picture once we reconcile all of our expenses in the coming days.
We continued to receive very good media coverage, both in the traditional and social outlets. It looks like our objectives of helping to support our hotels and restaurants, elevate the profile of Addison and enhance our brand were accomplished thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our staff. Please keep in mind, we do not hire a bunch of extra folks to help us put this event on . . . in fact, we ask our current staff to do extra work on top of their normal day-to-day duties, along with many very helpful volunteers. Special thanks and recognition to all those volunteers and our Special Events staff Mark Acevedo, Shelbi Stofer, Yesenia Saldivar and Monica Marsh. A special shout out to Caitlan Smelley and Ryan Patterson for managing all of the money throughout the event. Well done by our entire team!
Our Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 22 began on time at 7:30pm with our pledge and several announcements. We reminded folks about the construction on Addison Road and our upcoming Town Meeting on October 19 and gave a big shout out to our entire staff for their great work with a very successful Oktoberfest.
Our Public Comment time did not have any speakers.
Council approved the Consent Agenda, which included the minutes from the last Council Meeting plus amendments to our ordinances establishing or revising various fees related to zoning, construction and development.
Deputy Fire Chief David Jones presented Fire Chief John O’Neal with the very prestigious Green Pen Award for his proficiency in preparing written reports.
Deputy City Manager and Interim CFO Cheryl Delaney presented the Finance Department’s quarterly financial review for the Town for the third quarter and year to date ended June 30, 2015. I have attached the report here for your review. Here’s a very brief summary: given the shortfall in sales tax precipitated by the relocation of the sales tax permit of our single largest sales tax generator, we are doing quite well. We are nearing the end of our fiscal year, September 30, and the staff hopes to present the year-end results by the middle of October. Given the recent surge in our sales tax numbers in all other areas, we are reasonably optimistic that we can recover some of the loss and end the year on an upbeat note. More on that when we see the final results next month. Here is a link to the video of the presentation.
Agenda Item 8 was a presentation, again from Deputy City Manager Cheryl Delaney, discussion and consideration approving an ordinance that amended the Town’s annual budget for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. While this process takes place each year, this year the staff provided significantly more detail and explanation than we have had in the past. Once again, I encourage you to review the report Cheryl presented and maybe even take a look at the video to gain a full understanding of the adjustments that have been made and the rationale for each adjustment. Please take particular note of the significant departmental adjustments our staff made to help us deal with our sales tax shortfall. While many of these staff-made adjustments are actually deferrals and have been incorporated into our FY16 budget, several are actual reductions in our costs. Very good work by our staff! The Council unanimously approved the budget amendments for FY15.
We began an Executive Session at about 8:30pm to conduct a private consultation with our attorney pertaining to the ponds or lakes at Vitruvian Park, located within the vicinity and east of the intersection of Vitruvian Way and Ponte Ave and Famers Branch Creek. The Council also discussed the status of our City Manager search process. We reconvened from our Executive Session at about 9:15pm and we adjourned for the evening, taking no further action.
Our next Regular Council Meeting will be the second Tuesday of the month, October 13 at 7:30pm at Town hall. We are still in the preliminary stages of building that agenda; however, these are a few of the items that we may consider: Beltway Drive Recognition Plaza conceptual plan, Boards application template, Town-wide landscape renovation, annual street sweeping contract, sign ordinance, property maintenance code update, hotel zoning ordinance and a P&Z appointment to replace the recently expired term of John Oliver. This is all, of course, subject to change. I just wanted you to know what we have in the agenda cue.
Addison Airport continues to play an increasingly important role in our economic and business development efforts. On Monday, I dropped in to see Mike Livezey, Director of Special Projects for Cutter Aviation, located at 4500 Claire Chennault Drive – just down the street from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and on our airport. Founded in 1928 and continuously family owned, Cutter Aviation is one of the country’s oldest general aviation sales and service companies, with operations at eight major airports in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California and Texas. Their Addison location provides factory authorized service for Piper, Beechcraft Daher-Socata TBM 900 Aircraft and upgrade products from Raisbeck Engineering, Blackhawk, AmSafe, BLR, and Teledyne Continental. In addition to the very sophisticated service facilities and team, they also have sales operations for Texas Piper Aircraft and Daher-Socata TBM 900 Aircraft, including new and pre-owned piston single engine through multi-engine turbine aircraft. They will be representing the new HondaJet Aircraft for sales and service in 2016. Cutter Aviation offers FBO services, as well as Charter services, from their Addison location and several of their other locations around the southwest. While fairly recent additions to our airport, they just recently obtained approval for their new signage, which is what prompted me to drop by and say hello. Mike and his team are very pleased to have their new sign and very proud to be with us here in Addison.
Making wise strategic economic development investments is as much art as it is science. It is very safe to say the reasonable help we provided Nerium International has paid off in a big way! Nerium launched in August 2011 with a corporate staff of 13 built upon one product: Nerium Age-Defying Night Cream. On Monday afternoon Economic Development and Tourism Director Orlando Campos, Economic Development Manager Drew Dietrich and I dropped by to congratulate them on their spectacular growth, as they now occupy 80,000+ square feet at their international headquarters at 4006 Belt Line Road, on the southwest corner of Surveyor Blvd., with over 400 employees and multiple skin care products distributed in the U.S. and four countries around the world, with big plans for more expansion. We met with Co-Chief Executive Officer Jeff Dahl and Finance Director Shawn Belin for a quick tour and update on their progress and growth projections. Jeff shared that his favorite Nerium core value is to practice servant leadership, because he believes the best leaders are givers not takers. “When I walk down the hall at Nerium, I am most proud of the positive team spirit and camaraderie.” It is very easy for us to be extremely proud of Jeff and his Nerium team. We are so pleased you all have chosen Addison as your corporate home!
On Saturday morning, September 19, Wipe Out Kids Cancer held its 30th annual Oktoberfest Run for the Children. Council Colleague Ivan Hughes was on hand to blow the horn to official start the race. All proceeds from the race benefit Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a Dallas-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funding for childhood cancer research and providing hope and support to children with cancer. Congrats on another great run!
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and 2016 Community Partners Bureau (CPB) liaisons met to kick off the program for 2016. This photo of Lance Murray, Troy Cooper, June Cooper, Linda Berthold, Donna Hugly, Dawn Jantsch, and Ivan Hughes is from that meeting. In keeping with the three-year maximum term under the CPB policy, this was the final meeting for three of the liaisons: Troy Cooper, Committee Chair; Stacey Griggs, liaison for LaunchAbility; and Lance Murray, liaison for Metrocrest Services.
As of October 1st, Dawn Jantsch and Donna Hugly are joining the CPB. Dawn will be Addison’s liaison to LaunchAbility and Donna to Metrocrest Services. They will be joining Linda Berthold, liaison for Metrocrest Community Clinic and 2016 CPB Committee Chair, and June Cooper, liaison for The Family Place. Bruce and Ivan, Council liaisons to the CPB, ask that you join them in thanking Dawn, Donna, June, Lance, Stacey, and Troy for their volunteer spirit and their service and contributions to our community.
Don’t forget that we are gearing up for our annual smoke detector battery replacement and home fire safety inspection program! Our firefighters will visit your home and replace old smoke detector batteries with new ones – we supply the batteries and of course bring our ladders! Our firefighters will also conduct a home safety survey, checking areas where fires commonly occur and offer suggestions on how to make your home a safer place. To schedule this FREE service please call Fire Administration before Friday, September 25th at 972-450-7228. Please leave a message and let us know if you want the smoke detector battery change, the home fire safety survey or both. Appointments will be scheduled for October.
Saturday, September 26, 9:30am: Addison Arbor Foundation Quarterly Education Event. Addison Arbor Foundation is hosting an Art Education Seminar led by Globe Runner CEO and award-winning sculptor Eric McGehearty and Addison’s Landscape Architect Michael Kashuba at Mary Kay’s headquarters. Click here for more details.
Saturday, September 26, 5pm – 7pm: Village on the Parkway Fall Fashion Shopping Event. Come see all the new things going on at Village on the Parkway. Here’s a link to all the details, but there will be shopping deals, along with a special reception.
Monday, October 5, 11:30am – 1pm: Economic Development Lunch, Ida Claire, 5001 Belt Line Road, northeast corner of Belt Line Road and Quorum Drive. Check out their menu at www.Ida-Claire.com
Wednesday, October 7, 10am: First Wednesday of the Month Coffee with the Mayor, Dunn Brothers Coffee, 3725 Belt Line Road. Deputy City Manager and Interim CFO Cheryl Delaney will join us to share a few thoughts.
Friday, October 9, 4pm – 5pm: Les Lac Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Join us as we officially open the new playground.
Saturday, October 10, 1pm – 4pm: Addison Fire Department Open House, fire safety, glitter tattoos, bounce house, balloons, popcorn and lots of fun!
Fall is here and hopefully the thermometer will reflect that this weekend. I hope you find a way to enjoy our Addison . . .
See you soon,